delightful sheep also produce lovely wool. Shetland wool is soft,
durable, warm, and the finest of any wool produced by a British breed.
Fleece type can vary among sheep--from a well-developed crimp to
a wavy, sturdy fiber with a silky hand. Staple length will also
vary, but typically is about four inches. The wool comes in a
variety of color (there are 11 official colors and 30 markings--some
is the most common Shetland fleece color (and often the finest).
The other colors are black, shaela (dark steely grey), emsket
(dusky bluish grey), grey, light grey, dark brown, moorit (shades
between fawn and dark reddish brown), mioget (light moorit, yellowish
brown), musket (light greyish brown), and fawn. Shetland wool has
traditionally been used for fine knitting yarns The Shetland
Islands are famous for ther Fair Isle garments as well as their knitted
shawls that can be drawn through a wedding ring.
being a sheep raiser, I am also a spinner, knitter, and weaver; so I
understand how important it is that you have nice wool for your
projects. We selected for animals with the finer type wool and
strive to produce quality wool--soft, clean, and processed as
beautifully as possible. In order to minimize chaff in the
fleece, our sheep wear 'jackets' during the winter months when they are
eating hay. Depending on the weather and availability of the
shearer, the sheep are normally shorn the end of May when the wool
tends to have its natural rise (roo).
offer raw, skirted premium fleeces, pin-drafted roving, combed top, and yarn. My customers love this
roving and top as it spins so easily. It is available in various natural colors as well as some blends with exotic
fibers. Wool is coming and going to the mill at various time throughout the year; if you're interested please contact me.
Wool can be shipped to you. Or visit me at my booth at one of these wool market events.